Terms of Sale
|We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover, and USPS money orders in U.S. funds. Payment is due with order. Books may be reserved for one week if mailing payment. Libraries and institutions may be billed.
Please make USPS money orders payable to May Ellam and send to:
1007 N. Avenue 51
Los Angeles, CA 90042-2328
ReturnsItems are returnable for any reason within seven days of receipt for a full refund of purchase price minus original shipping charge. Returned items must be in the same condition as we shipped to you. We require prior notification and secure packing and may require insurance.
Gift WrappingBuying a special present? Just let us know and we will provide appropriate gift wrapping for your purchase!
Shipping - Across the US - Around the WorldWe usually ship the business day after payment is received. Our books are packed securely in boxes or carefully wrapped in corrugated cardboard for adequate protection in transit.
We cannot guarantee that parcels will be delivered within the time frame specified by USPS or the carrier you chose.
USPS raised prices effective 22 January 2012. Please be assured that we will obtain the best shipping rate possible for your purchase. We base our standard prices on THREE POUNDS and if your parcel weighs less, WE WILL REDUCE YOUR SHIPPING FEE.
Domestic Shipments are sent via USPS media mail (though other carriers are available upon request at different price scales). Media mail shipping (7 to 21 days) is $3.95 the first book and $1.50 each additional volume. Shipping via USPS priority mail (2 to 3 business days) is $10.50 OR LESS depending on weight and zone or when a flat-rate priority envelope ($6.25) can be used. Express mail (1 to 2 business days) is available for $40.50 OR LESS depending on weight and zone or $18.50 if a flat-rate envelope can be used. We will quote very large or heavy books which may incur an additional fee. Shipments within California will be charged state sales tax.
Our international rates are based on parcels weighing three pounds. If your parcel weighs less, we will reduce your fee. If your parcel is very large or weighs more, we will quote. Shipments are charged at cost plus a small handling fee of around $1. Express mail is available on request as are other carrier options. VAT and other import taxes are the responsibility of the purchaser.
If you try to purchase a book and do not receive a shipping price, please send us an email. We don't have your country entered in our shipping matrix.
Canada and Mexico Shipping via USPS priority mail international (6 to 10 business days - may be longer due to customs delays) is $27.75 or less to Canada and $33.50 or less to Mexico. A flat-rate priority envelope can sometimes be used at $13.50 (no tracking). USPS first class international for parcels up to 4 lbs is also available (no tracking), often at a lower rate (delivery time varies by destination).
International Shipping via USPS priority mail international (6 to 10 business days - may be longer due to customs delays) is dependent on destination. A flat-rate priority envelope can sometimes be used at $17.50 (no tracking). USPS first class international for parcels up to 4 lbs is also available (no tracking), often at a lower rate (delivery times and rates vary by destination).